Individuals - Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership

Individuals

Working to improve and protect water quality.

Homeowners and renters alike have a great selection of Best Management Practices they can adopt to prevent, reduce and manage water pollution and stormwater runoff.  Start with choosing two that best suites you and your lifestyle!

 

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Prevent pollution from being released in the first place.  When you take a minute to think about it, preventing stormwater pollution is directly connected to chores we do related to the upkeep and care of neighborhoods, homes and vehicles.  

Reduce what you can.  You should understand now that stormwater runoff is generated by rainwater hitting impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, driveways, streets and parking lots.  Making every attempt to prevent pollution, now try your hand at reducing stormwater runoff making its way to the closest storm drain.  

Manage what you can't reduce.  In most cases, infiltration based practices are sized to capture and infiltrate the 1.25" rain or less.  However, sometimes it rains more than that in a 24 hour period.  That means these infiltration practces should have a backup plan to safely release the excess rainwater that flows through the BMP.

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